Every year the European Commision organises a contest for young scientists which was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The European Competition for Young Scientists (EUCYS) serves as an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement, giving students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level. This EU Contest for Young Scientists is part of the Science and Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission. From 22-27 September 2017 some of Europe’s brightest young scientists showcased the results of their work in Tallinn, Estonia, after having already won at national level.
Gal Levy (Israel) is the winner of the Bioeconomy Bio-based Industries prize award in 2017. During the final ceremony of the EUCYS held in Tallin on 26 September his project ‘PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FROM ORGANIC WASTES BY THE “BLACK-SOLDIER” FLY LARVAE’ was selected by an international jury as an outstanding example of bio-based research developing a new generation of biobased products and processes for a more sustainable future. His research examined how "black-soldier" fly larvae feeds from non-fibrous organic waste, consuming daily 2-3 folds of its own body weight. Gal studied how to use these larvae to produce biodiesel fuel using agricultural and animal waste.
Gal Levy was among 146 promising young scientists aged 14 to 20 who presented their projects at the 29th edition of the EU Contest for Young Scientists over the last days in Tallinn. The winners shared a total of €53.500 in prize money, as well as other prizes such as science trips.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "This year, 89 brilliant projects from 38 countries were presented. It's encouraging to see so many bright young minds and so much talent. Europe's economic capacity to deal with major challenges will depend on this next generation of researchers and innovators."
The participants had all previously won first prizes in their home countries' national science competitions in their specific fields. The projects covered a broad spectrum of scientific areas, including biology, physics, chemistry, computing, social sciences, environment, mathematics, materials, engineering and medicine. The European Union Contest for Young Scientists was set up by the European Commission in 1989 to encourage co-operation and exchange between young scientists and to give them an opportunity to be guided by some of Europe's most prominent researchers.
More information on Gal's project here